State says suspect may have mental health problems

Brunswick man accused of trying to steal from armored truck in Camden

By Stephen Betts | Sep 06, 2017
Photo by: Camden Police Department

Camden — Bail was set Wednesday at $1,000 cash for a Brunswick man accused of trying to steal from a Brink's armored truck in Camden last week.

Jon P. Baribeau was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 5, and charged with attempted theft and attempted burglary of a motor vehicle. He made his initial appearance Sept. 6 in Knox County Unified Court.

According to an affidavit filed in court by Camden police, Baribeau had been living for the past month in his boat, which was in dry dock at a boatyard across from the shopping center where Hannaford is located.

The incident occurred Aug. 28 outside the Hannaford supermarket in Camden. A man wearing a mask and what was described by witnesses as a bright yellow hazardous material-type outfit tried to open the rear door of the Brinks vehicle.

When he was unsuccessful, the suspect fled into the woods behind the shopping center on Route 1 near the Rockport town line. Camden and Rockport police, the Knox County Sheriff's Office and a Belfast police officer with his canine searched for the suspect.

Sept. 2, Brunswick police contacted Camden police to report that Baribeau's sister reported to the department that she suspected her brother was the man being sought for trying to get into the Brinks truck.

The sister told police that her brother suffered from untreated schizophrenia and had talked about robbing a bank in the past. A yellow rain coat and rain pants and a knit hat were found during a search of the sister's residence, where he was staying.

Baribeau denied trying to get into the armored truck, but also told police that he was a "prince" and had papers from the Supreme Court that would exempt him from being charged. He said he had gone over to Hannaford for a coffee the morning of the incident.

Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $1,000 cash. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald requested that Baribeau be barred from contact with his sister, since she was a witness in the case.

Defense attorney for the day William Pagnano said his client had no criminal record and was not a threat to the sister.

Baribeau spoke out several times during Wednesday's hearing, saying he objected to being prevented from seeing his sister.

Sparaco did not include the prohibition, but said if the sister requested such a condition, she would include it in the bail requirements. Baribeau is also prohibited from entering any financial institutions or the Hannaford in Camden.

Baribeau remained at the Knox County Jail in Rockland as of Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 6.




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